In our increasingly global economy, we are regularly involved in cross-border activities, both inbound and outbound, representing both companies and investors. Our attorneys have significant experience both in the details of regular cross-border business operations as well as in cross-border transactions. For inbound work, we frequently receive referrals from overseas law firms that look to us to assist their clients directly or to collaborate with us with respect to a matter involving one of their clients.
For companies that are establishing business operations in the US, we can advise on the initial considerations in establishing a US presence, including the tax implications, and then establish US-based subsidiaries as necessary. We assist with the numerous legal implications of establishing a presence in the US, including licensing and compliance, employment issues, intellectual property protection, real estate and others. We can make recommendations to other service providers and resources, including accountants, real estate and insurance brokers, recruiters and the myriad of other resources needed to successfully establish a presence in a new country.
Similarly, we work with companies and investors choosing to enter the US market through acquisition of or investment in an existing US-based company or through some type of joint venture, distribution, licensing or partnering arrangement. For this type of transactional work, we assist with our knowledge of US market norms and practices and will advise on establishing a tax efficient structure for the transaction. We can collaborate with overseas counsel to select, negotiate and document a transaction structure that meets the overall business objectives while offering necessary protection under US law.
Our domestic clients often look to us for assistance in establishing or expanding their operations internationally, whether to access new market opportunities, for tax structuring reasons or otherwise. For these engagements, we will advise on alternatives for establishing an international presence and will assess the tax implications of each. We have a network of local counsel in foreign jurisdictions with which we collaborate in establishing offshore entities and advising on local laws. Then we will work with local counsel in structuring and documenting the relationships between the domestic and offshore entities.
For our domestic clients engaged in overseas transactional work, whether the acquisition or sale of a company, or a joint venture or partnering arrangement, our attorneys have many years of experience “doing deals” abroad. We are adept in managing the tax and structuring considerations involved in cross-border transactional work. We collaborate with local counsel to assist our clients in achieving their objectives while protecting their businesses and their intellectual property and other critical assets.